The weather is finally starting to warm up. Residents are venturing
out into the parks, patios, and stoops of Ward 5. Soon the recreation centers and libraries will be buzzing with
children participating in camps and other organized programs. The
parks will be busy with sports, games and other outdoor activities.
Unfortunately, in spite of all the positive activities available
during the warmer months, our city typically experiences an uptick
in crime. This week, the mayor and police chief released their
annual Summer Crime Prevention Initiative,
which is a coordinated effort to reduce violent crime through
strategic prevention and focused enforcement in specific areas
across the District.
Last year, the program initially only included just one Police
Service Area in Ward 5 - in the Carver Terrace/Langston Terrace
communities - and I asked the mayor and police chief to expand
their efforts to include Trinidad; Hanover/Truxton neighborhood;
Brentwood Road/Saratoga/Montana area; and the sports field and
playground at Taft Junior High (Dwight Mosley Sports Complex).
I am heartened that this year the program is expanded to include
Trinidad at the onset, however, I remain concerned about other
areas of Ward 5, and have followed up with the police chief to
request those same areas be addressed.
I continue to believe that we must re-orient our law enforcement
toward a public health approach that addresses root causes.
However, while we push for systemic change, we must also remain
vigilant. Even with extra resources, Metropolitan Police Department
cannot be everywhere and see everything. But together, as a
community, neighbors, elected officials, and business owners can
help to keep our community safe.
Council is about to enter the final stages of drafting the D.C.
government budget for the next fiscal year, which will begin
October 1, 2018.
This week the
Council will hold the last of the Budget Oversight Hearings,
where the budget for each government agency is closely
Next week, each
committee will combine all of the budgets for the agencies
under their purview into one 'Committee Report' which will be
voted on by each committee at a meeting called the
On May 8th, the
Council hods a day-long work session, where each councilmember
presents their committee's budget to their colleagues.
Finally, on May
15th, the first of two votes on the budget will take place,
followed by a second vote on May 29th.
Kenyan in the
McDuffie enjoyed a great time at the DC Emancipation Day Parade with
team McDuffie as they represented Ward 5. (Top Left)
Councilmember McDuffie met with Howard Law students to
discuss police reform, civil rights, and the importance of
protecting human rights. (Top Right)
McDuffie was quoted in last week's issue of the Washington City
Paper discussing the NEAR Act and the need for the
Metropolitan Police Department to implement the transparency and
data collection provisions to improve police-community relations:
Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, who was the lead author on
the NEAR Act when he was chair of the Committee on the Judiciary
and Public Safety, echoes Allen’s frustration. “The police data
collection provisions of the NEAR Act ... was something that we
looked at from other jurisdictions,” he says. “We modeled it off of
some of the work that … the former Obama administration did in
police data collection, and we wanted to include it because we knew
from evidence, and experience in other places, that it helped to
foster better police-community relations.”
Ward 5 Seniors
Day Out Coming May 23
23rd, 2018 Seabury Resources for Aging will be hosting Ward 5
Seniors Day out in celebration of Older Americans Month. The
Seabury Resources for Aging mission is to provide personalized,
affordable services and housing options to help older adults in the
greater Washington, DC area live with independence and
and Discussion - Us Helping Us: The Story of HIV/AIDS in Black Gay
Saturday, April 28th, at UDC Bertie Backus campus here in Ward 5
you are invited to a screening of Us Helping
Us: The Story of HIV AIDS in
Black Gay Washington D.C. The
screening is free and open to the public. Prior to the movie, a
reception will begin at 6:00 pm and the screening will be followed
by an intergenerational panel and community discussion.
at 6:00 pm, Film & Program: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
of the District of Columbia, Bertie Backus Campus Auditorium, 5171
South Dakota Avenue NE ADDITIONAL DETAILS HERE